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When Will Sports Come Back? Here Is What Has to Happen First

Sports in The Time Of Pandemics

Sports in The Time Of Pandemics

Due to the lockdown restrictions and sweeping curbs in outdoor activities, there are no new sporting events happening.

Sporting events have huge crowds, with so social distancing possible, making it the thing to avoid at this time, to stop the transmission of the new virus.

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When Will Sports Come Back? Here Is What Has to Happen First

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Sports in The Time Of Pandemics

Due to the lockdown restrictions and sweeping curbs in outdoor activities, there are no new sporting events happening.

Sporting events have huge crowds, with so social distancing possible, making it the thing to avoid at this time, to stop the transmission of the new virus.

'No Audience' TV Sports

The option of conducting major sporting events for TV, without any live audience is being considered, but the risk to the hundreds and thousands of sports players, who would have to ignore health guidelines and play for other’s entertainment simply cannot be ignored.

Even if there is no audience, and there is ample testing done on the players, the sporting events are still a huge gathering of players, staff, officials and media personnel.

Bubble Environment

Playing in a closed and virus-free ‘bubble’ environment is discussed, but experts find it complicated and far-fetched. There are logistical, security and hospitality issues to grapple with.

Sports And Our Identity

Some people may ask why are such odd measures even being considered (hosting events with no audience). The answer is that sports leagues embody the countries national character, and are a unifying symbol of normalcy.

Of course, money is also a huge consideration with billions of dollars being lost with the canceling of events.

Sports In Other Countries

Taiwan has resumed a basketball league for example, with a limited audience, whose temperature is being checked. They are also kicking off the baseball and soccer leagues now, using the same security and safety measures.

However, people with no symptoms (asymptomatic carriers) are still infectious and represent an invisible and lethal risk.

Normalcy In Sports

A version of ‘normal’ sports is expected to return in 2021 or beyond, with modifications and compromises. Social distancing will have to be followed.

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